The racial politics of STEM education in the USA: interrogations and explorations

Sepehr Vakil*, Rick Ayers

*Corresponding author for this work

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This special issue brings together a mix of early-career, mid, and senior scholars to critically examine current realities of, and boldly imagine future possibilities for, STEM education in the lives of racially minoritized children in the United States. Given the implicit and sometimes explicit aspirations of STEM education to be a counteracting force against racialized injustice, how do students and communities of color experience and make sense of STEM reforms/initiatives? By examining a broad range of STEM contexts including mathematics, computer science, science and environmental science education, and through a diversity of methodological approaches, this special issue aims to contribute to a scholarly conversation about how racialized power intersects with the larger themes and foci of STEM education. In our introduction, we both highlight broad themes of the issue, and offer possible directions for future research at the intersections of race, power, and STEM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)449-458
Number of pages10
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 4 2019


  • STEM education
  • critical race theory
  • identity
  • urban education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education

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